(Re)Introducing MeLCat!

Welcome to spring semester 2019!

After much anticipation and a lot of work by our technical services department, we are back in MeLCat!

If you aren’t familiar with MeLCat, it is a centralized catalog with holdings from over 400 libraries of varying types across Michigan.  Calvin College, University of Michigan, Michigan State, Kalamazoo College, Kent District Library, Herrick District Library and many, many other libraries are included. Participating in MeLCat greatly increases the number of resources the students, faculty and staff of Hope College have available to them!  You can request books on your research topic, novels, CDs and DVDs. Anything that piques your interest! There are literally millions of titles available.

Access MeLCat from our library homepage or by going to elibrary.mel.org.

Because of our system change from Innovative Sierra to Ex Libris, signing in to request your MeLCat items will be a little different. Use your name and the number above the barcode on the back of your ID. Don’t worry, you’ll have it memorized soon!

If you start your search in Primo you can click in to MeLCat right from there. On the results page, look for the MeLCat link on the left side. Your search is duplicated in MeLCat.

If you reach a dead end in Primo the link appears at the bottom of the page:

Once your MeLCat item is received at Hope you will be notified by email and it will be waiting for you on the hold shelf for 10 days. The item will show up in your Primo account at this point only. To renew  your material, log in to your MyMeL account.  There is a link at the top of the MeLCat page and also right from your Primo account.

If you have questions contact us at askalibrarian@hope.edu or ill@hope.edu. We’re thrilled to bring this awesome resource back to Hope and appreciate your patience!

 

Christmas Break Library Hours

Merry Christmas to all students, staff, faculty and friends from Van Wylen Library! Our post-exam week hours are as follows:

Monday, December 17 8 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, December 18 8 am – 5 pm
Wednesday, December 19 8 am – 5 pm
Thursday, December 20 8 am – 5 pm
Friday, December 21 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday, December 22-Tuesday, January 1 closed
Wednesday, January 2 8 am – 5 pm
Thursday, January 3 8 am – 5 pm
Friday, January 4 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday, January 5 closed
Sunday, January 6 noon – 5 pm
Monday, January 7 8 am – midnight (resume normal hours)

Exam Week Activities and Extended Library Hours

Extended exam week hours at the Library

Friday December 7 8am – 6 pm
Saturday December 8 10 am – midnight
Sunday December 9 10 am – 2 am
Monday December 10 8 am – 2 am
Tuesday December 11 8 am – 2 am
Wednesday December 12 8 am – 2 am
Thursday December 13 8 am – midnight
Friday December 14 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday December 15 closed
Sunday December 16 closed

Community Action House donation drive at the Library

 

The library is again collecting items for Community Action House through December 14.

In addition to the most-needed items listed below, we would like to encourage monetary donations which can be made directly on the Community Action House website. While canned goods are great donations, bulk food purchases with donated funds can go further.

When choosing items to donate, please consider purchasing high protein, low-sodium and low-sugar items so Community Action House families have healthy products to pick from.  Personal care items are also in high demand.

Personal Care items needed:

  • toilet paper
  • toothpaste
  • laundry detergent
  • body wash
  • dish soap
  • deodorant
  • mouthwash
  • cleaning supplies (such as all-purpose cleaning spray)
  • paper towel
  • kleenex
  • baby shampoo
  • baby wipes

Food pantry items needed:

  • spaghetti sauce
  • diced tomatoes and tomato sauce (low sodium)
  • variety of canned vegetables (low sodium)
  • salsa
  • canned fruit (in 100% juice)
  • refried beans
  • canned meat – tuna, chicken (low sodium and in water not oil preferred)
  • whole grain cereal with no added sugar
  • tortillas
  • brown rice
  • wheat flower
  • 100% whole grain pasta and crackers
  • small bottles of cooking oil
  • baking powder
  • spices
  • condiments
  • low-sodium broths
  • canned soup (low sodium)

Thank you for partnering with us to help our Holland community members have access to these items!

 

 

Summer Hours at the Library for June and July

Monday 8 am – 4 pm
Tuesday 8 am – 4 pm
Wednesday 8 am – 4 pm
Thursday 8 am – 4 pm
Friday 8 am – 4 pm
Saturday closed
Sunday closed

Beginning Wednesday, August 1, the Library will be open 8 am – 5 pm M-F until the academic year begins.

Senior Library Student Worker Purchases for the Collection 2018

In appreciation for all they do for the Library, every spring, graduating senior student workers are able to choose an item (book, CD, or DVD) to add to our collection. That item might be in the student’s discipline of study or from a different area of interest.

The Class of 2018’s choices:

technical services
Jacob Sandy
Joey Williams
Kylie DeKryger

 

 

Lauren Sweers

 

Media Desk
Linnea Hjelm
Matison Landman
Sydney Dippel
Tech Lab
Joanie Davis
Amber Carnahan
Lakna Jayasinghe
Billy Yancey
Circulation
Sarah Seckler
Molly Ireland
Naomi Scott
Chan Hwang
Research Help Desk
Ismael Byers
Collin Wassilak
Laure Bouret
Benjamin Pederson
Clarisa Chavez
Peter Timperman

 

 

Gabrielle Werner
Leigh Wynveen
Interlibrary Loan
Russell Houpt
Ivy Peterson

Exam Week Activity Schedule!

You’re almost done – here are some activities and treats to help keep you going!

SUNDAY 4/29 10 AM COFFEE AND DONUTS VAN WYLEN LIBRARY
8 PM ROPE OF HOPE DIMNENT CHAPEL
9 PM STUDY SNACK VAN WYLEN LIBRARY
MONDAY 4/30 11A-1P CAPS BUBBLE WRAP STOMP (WEATHER PERMITTING) OUTSIDE BULTMAN STUDENT CENTER
TUESDAY 5/1 11:30AM 30 MINUTE MEDITATION CAPS GROUP ROOM (2ND FLOOR BSC)
12-2 PM THERAPY DOGS DEWITT LOBBY & BSC  LIVING ROOM
9 PM STUDY SNACK VAN WYLEN LIBRARY
WEDNESDAY 5/2 12-1 PM STRESS BALL HANDOUT FROM CAPS (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST) BSC LIVING ROOM
THURSDAY 5/3 4:30 PM 30 MINUTE MEDITIATION CAPS GROUP ROOM (2ND FLOOR BSC)

Exam Week Hours for the Library

Friday, April 27 8 am – 6 pm
Saturday, April 28 10 am – midnight
Sunday, April 29 10 am – 2 am
Monday, April 30 8 am – 2 am
Tuesday, May 1 8 am – 2 am
Wednesday, May 2 8 am – 2 am
Thursday, May 3 8 am – midnight
Friday, May 4 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday, May 5 closed
Sunday, May 6 closed

Library Systems Migration

The Library is preparing for a major systems change that will update and consolidate much of our back-end technology and provide a single centralized interface, Primo, replacing both HopeCat and the MightyFind.  This new interface will go live in mid-July. Knowing you will have questions about how this impacts your work we made an information page to answer some of those FAQs.

Included is information on:

  • Important dates to keep in mind
    • Return all Beardslee Library materials to WTS by Friday, May 4
    • Export your HopeCat Reading History list before July 1 if desired
    • HopeCat will be down July 1-16 – Research and Instruction librarians will be happy to work with you to ensure your research continues with as little interruption as possible.
    • Our new system goes live July 17!
    • Update links any links to HopeCat records in Moodle and/or your syllabi after July 17.
  • Online tutorials and in-person workshops this summer
  • Impact on summer research plans
  • Impact on fall course preparation
  • Focus group opportunities for faculty and staff

MeLCat continues to be unavailable to the Hope community until some time in September. In the meantime there are many other ways to request material from other libraries. See our blog post here.

The Library staff has been working hard on this transition and we are excited share it with you!